Responding to the announcement today (Thursday) that pupils at dozens of schools are to be told to stay away over building structural safety fears, UNISON head of education Mike Short said: “This situation is nothing short of a scandal.
“The DfE and government have squandered valuable months hiding this crisis when they should have been fixing dangerous school buildings.
“The schools minister even broke his own promise to publish information about at-risk properties before parliament’s summer recess.
“Parents, pupils and staff will be relieved the issue is finally being taken seriously. But to wait until the eleventh hour as schools are preparing for a new academic year will create turmoil for thousands of families. And this could just be the tip of the iceberg.”
Notes to editors:
– UNISON is the UK’s largest union with more than 1.3 million members providing public services in education, local government, the NHS, police service and energy. They are employed in the public, voluntary and private sectors.